AboutPresent - Past includes work never exhibited before and unites Richard's Americana with English work It shows elements which balance and compliment each other, with similar colour and intensity but reflecting different moods - there's no mistaking the sombre melancholy of the British Isles.
Richard points to childhood journeys as inspiration
âMy father used to drive the whole family to the Fens, north of Cambridge on Sunday afternoons. There was no direction or intent to the different routes that we journeyed along, we were simply responding to the landscape; exploring what seemed exciting at the moment. From the confines of the car, the world was framed for our view.â
Richard's English work follows the same craft he uses for all work; only using film cameras and hand printing his own pictures full frame. His use of colour and composition heightens the cinematic quality and ambiguity of situations found, not arranged. In Richard Heeps' world the present exists as an extension of a past; a past re-lived and re-invented but one around us as we live through the fading ripples of a previous age.